Joni James: In the Still of the Night Album

Joni James shown on the cover of her In the Still of the Night album which was recorded in 1955. Joni has one of the clearest, easy to listen to voices among all female jazz singers.


Joni James shown seven years later on her I'm Your Girl album and looks even younger than she appeared on the In the Still of the Night album.

This is my second post about Joni James but have since found out that she was the first American to record at London’s Abbey Road studio.  She went on to record a total of five albums at the historic studio.

Joni James was born in Chicago on September 22, 1930 as Giovanna Carmello Babbo before changing her name to Joni James so her original name wouldn’t be misprounounced.

While listening to a clip on David Gasten’s This is Vintage Now of Beverly Kenney it reminded me of Joni James.

The following interview is only a written interview but contains some interesting facts like Elvis Presley displaying her album covers on his wall at Graceland.

Miss James was out of the music business from 1964 till 1986 to take care of her sick husband Tony Acquaviva who died

She would record seven songs that charted in the Top 10 during his first three years of recording and those songs would be the only ones to chart in the Top 10.

Joni James singing her No. 1 hit Why Don’t You Believe Me at Carnegie Hall in this audio only recording which was No.1 in 1952.


Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

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